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US Supreme Court refuses to hear Trump bid to end DACA

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US Supreme Court refuses to hear Trump bid to end DACA

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an attempt by the Donald Trump administration to have it intervene in the legal fight over a programme that protects hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The Supreme Court justices said on Monday they would not hear the government's challenge to a federal court injunction issued last month blocking Trump's effort to end the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.

Passed by the Obama administration in 2012, the DACA programme shields from deportation about 800,000 undocumented immigrants - known as Dreamers - who were brought to the US as children.

Trump promised to end the programme during his 2016 election campaign and the protections were set to begin to be phased out in early March.

The Supreme Court's ruling comes after a San Francisco court issued a countrywide injunction on January 9, ordering the programme to remain in place until all litigation is finalised.


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